Do you NEED a Private Tour to visit Bhutan!?
The country is know for its dramatic landscapes which range from mountains to valleys, in addition to its number of Monasteries & fortresses!
Bhutan is a mysterious land, and not many people get to visit, you will find out why further down in this post! 😉
In this post I will cover the following, frequently asked questions submitted by the readers of Town&Tourist
- Top 5 Unique Reasons to Visit Bhutan?
- Is Bhutan Expensive to Travel?
- Do Bhutan people speak English?
- When is the best time to visit Bhutan?
- Do you need a Private Tour to Travel Bhutan?
- Bhutan Travel Budget Calculator
- Bhutan Travel Costs (Detailed)
- Is Bhutan Safe for Tourists?
- Do You need a Visa to Enter Bhutan?
- Where to Stay in Bhutan?
- 8 Essential tips for Bhutan?
A. 5 Unique Reasons to Visit Bhutan?
1. Trek along the Himalayas
Trek along the high Himalayas, popular peaks include Jomolhari which is 7,326m high!
2. Visit the Historic Fort in Paro
In the northwest of Paro there are the ruins of a defensive fortress, Drukgyel Dzong, which dates back from the 17th century.
Fun Fact: Paro is also where the International Airport of Bhutan is located.
3. Explore Tigers Nest Monastery in Paro
Tigers Nest Monastery (Paro Taktsang) is a must visit Monastery which clings to the cliffs above the forested Paro Valley!
4. Visit the Capital Thimphu
The city is know for its many Buddhist Sites such as the Tashichho Dzong a fortified monastery and
5. Get Lost in Punakha
B. Do Bhutanese people speak english?
Yes(Mostly!) Many Bhutan speak English, but as you will be with a guide anyway this won’t matter.
C. When is the Best time to visit Bhutan ?
The best time to visit Bhutan is during the spring months of March to May when the valleys come alive with flowers in bloom
Late November to early March is dry with pre-monsoon showers starting in May.
D. Is Bhutan Expensive travel?
Bhutan is surprisingly expensive to travel! There are many myths floating around that the government only offers a limited amount of tourist visas!
The fact is Bhutan’s tourism policy is “High Value, Low Impact”, meaning they want tourists to have a great time visiting the country
while still respecting its Buddhist culture and its untouched environment.
Bhutan has different system where you pay a hefty fee of $250 US Dollars per day during the high season (March, April, May, September, October, and November).
In the low season this cost is $200 US per person per day (December, January, February, June, July, and August).
There is also a $40 charge for solo travellers!!
Discounts include: Students below 25, get 25% off!
What does Bhutans Daily fee get you!?
The GOOD NEWS is the hefty $250 per day fee, includes pretty much everything!!! You don’t pay a penny extra!
The fee includes your accommodation, food, ground transportation, entrance fees, and even private guide and driver!!
Travel insurance and flights are also not included, and there is also a visa fee of $40.
E. Do you need a Tour to travel to Bhutan!?
Yes!! Bhutan is very strict on who it allows into its country. You MUST to be part of a private tour group.
But believe me it is worth it…you will be traveling in lands where few have trekked before!
Here are some of my favourite private tours for Bhutan:
2. Three-Night Best of Bhutan Tour From Paro
3. Bhutan Package Tour – 5 Nights 6 Days
F. Bhutan : Travel Budget Calculator
To help you budget your next adventure to Bhutan
Dive into our interactive Travel Budget Calculator below
User Guide: Simply select your “Travel Style”, ” Number of Persons” and Number of Days Traveling.
Top Tip: “Group” travel budget gives the total budget for 4 people! To find out how much that is each simply divide by 4. Source:
How much should I budget when Traveling to Bhutan?
Travellers to Bhutan should budget $250 per day (This includes all accommodation, food and a private guide & driver)
What is the Currency in Bhutan ?
The Ngultrum is the locally and officially accepted currency of Bhutan.
The Indian Rupee is also accepted in most place the exchange rate is 1:1.
1 USD = 71 Nu
1 GBP =93 Nu
1 EURO = 79 Nu
G. Bhutan Travel Costs (Budget):
i. Budget Backpacker Travel Costs:
|Budget Data||Cost (USD)|
|Average Daily cost:||$60|
|Accommodation (Single Occupancy, Hostel)||$15|
|Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)||$28|
|Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)||$12|
|Food & Water||$12|
|Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)||$25|
ii. Mid Range Travel Costs:
|Budget Data||Cost (USD)|
|Average Daily cost:||$80|
|Accommodation (Single Occupancy, Hostel)||$30|
|Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)||$60|
|Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)||$26|
|Food & Water||$25|
|Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)||$35|
iii. Luxury Vacation Travel Costs:
|Budget Data||Cost (USD)|
|Average Daily cost:||$150|
|Accommodation (Single Occupancy)||$50|
|Accommodation (Double Occupancy, Hotel)||$110|
|Local Transport (Taxis, Buses, Subway)||$35|
|Food & Water||$35|
|Intercity Transport (Transport between neighbouring cities)||$40|
H. Is Bhutan safe for tourists?
According to the UK Government, Bhutan is a VERY safe country for tourists, with Crime levels extremely low.
However, like in any busy area be sure to not carry too much cash and exercise caution in crowded areas such as,
train and bus stations, airports to avoid pickpockets. I recommend purchasing a hidden money belt,
I take mine everywhere. See: Travel Accessories
I. Do you need a visa to enter Bhutan ?
YES! All Travel to Bhutan must be booked through an authorised travel agent well in advance.
To book see our recommended tours HERE
All governments advise on a valid Travel Insurance policy before traveling.
I always recommend World Nomads, I’ve used these for years.
J. Where to Stay in Bhutan ?
For a complete list of our recommend hotels in Bhutan, follow the link HERE
Note: Many tours include accommodation, but you can book separate…if you would like an upgrade.
K. 8 Essential tips for Bhutan ?
1. Do you research!
This post is a great start, International Porter Protection Group also provides useful guidelines for responsible trekking in the Himalayas.
2. Book a Private Tour
Officially you CANNOT visit Bhutan without being part of a tour. See our recommended tour guides HERE
3. Get some HIGH QUALITY hiking Boots!
Check out our: Recommended Hiking Gear
4. Get HIGH QUALITY Backpack,
Check out our: Recommended Backpacks
5. Bring some HIGH QUALITY camping gear,
Check our our: Recommended Camping Gear
6. Invest in a HIGH QUALITY Travel Camera!
What better way to capture those memories!? See our: recommend Travel Photography Gear.
For more info see: Why you NEED Travel Insurance?
8. Be sure you have all your Travel Accessories
Things You can’t travel without! I personally recommended a hidden money belt and collapsible water bottle!